What Should You Do When Your Vehicle Becomes Disabled?

Accidents are not the only dangerous issues facing motorists on the nations roadways. A flat tire, smoking engine or other mechanical failure while driving be catastrophic.

Mechanical failures are especially dangerous because if motorists do not respond appropriately, they can cause auto accidents.

The following disabled vehicle safety tips can protect you and your passengers as well as other motorists on the road.

If your car breaks down while you are driving, you should:

  • Identify how best to get off the road quickly.
    • Pull over to the shoulder, locate the nearest exit
  • Turn on your emergency hazard lights to warn other drivers
  • Stay in your vehicle until your vehicle is out of traffic
    • If you must get out of your vehicle do not stand on the side with traffic
  • In extreme weather, make sure you keep the engine running
  • Use your cellphone to call for roadside assistance
  • If you have a spare tire, get to a safe distance away from traffic before changing the tire

Additionally, ensuring that you have a tire changing kit, food, snacks, and a phone charger in your car, can make a world of difference in ensuring that you get the help you need quickly. Inexperienced drivers, such as teenagers, are especially vulnerable to panicking.

Discuss safety strategies with teenagers to ensure that they know what to do in the event that their car ever becomes disabled.

Stay Safe on the Roads

The Sacramento car accident lawyers at Arnold Law Firm firmly believe that proper preparation can prevent dangerous accidents caused by disabled vehicles. If you are involved in an auto accident of any type, our Sacramento County auto injury lawyers are ready to assist you.

Call (916) 777-7777 or use the online contact form for answers to all of your questions.